271w ago - Multiple sources, including WhatTheyPlay.com (linked above), are reporting that Nintendo is currently showing early presentations of its next home console hardware.
It will apparently launch by 2011 and has been dubbed the "Wii HD". High definition visuals are assured, as is a greater emphasis on digitally distributed and backwardly compatible content, indicating that the new system will feature some form of local storage medium such as a hard drive or large flash memory solution.
It has also been indicated that Nintendo's emphasis is again on what the consumer will hold in their hands and interact with, rather than the "console" itself.
To quote: There is no indication if this will be its eventual name, but the nature of the transition has been characterized as similar to "the shift from Game Boy to Game Boy Advance," where familiar, key elements were left intact while the core hardware was made more powerful.
It is expected by all those that we have spoken to on the subject that the new device will retain the Wii name in part.
274w ago - Whispers on the wind suggest a 2011 release date for the neXt box. Moreover, Intel wants in on the action as well: According to the industry insiders close to the Inquirer, Intel is rumored to be pursuing Microsoft quite aggresively, with the intent of putting its upcoming Larrabee chip inside Microsoft's next XBOX console.
Yes, you read it right -- Microsoft's next-generation XBOX console -- already.
In a related development, AnandTech predicts that Microsoft is already planning for the next Xbox console -- let's call it the Xbox 720.
For a historical perspective on this timeframe, recall a Peter Moore interview -- March 2007, with the Electronics Gaming Monthly magazine. Back then Peter Moore was the head of Interactive Entertainment Business division for Microsoft (he is now gainfully employed by EA), he had indicated that the production team was already working on next-gen Xbox.
Fast forward to June 2008 when Robbie Bach, president of the entertainment and devices division at Microsoft also indirectly confirms that people were already working on new technologies.
278w ago - Sony boss Chris Deering has surprised many by predicting that the firm's PlayStation 2 console, which launched in the UK in the year 2000, will have more active users than Nintendo's Wii by 2011.
Speaking at the launch of Edinburgh's Interactive Festival, the games chief said all platforms will see major growth by 2011, predicting there will be 2.5 billion gamers worldwide.
Deering said the DS will have rocketed to 150m users, but top of the home console market will be the PS2 with 90m active users.
The Sony boss added the Wii will be second with 80m users, the PS3 and PSP will be at 70m and the Xbox 360 at 40m.